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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of聽<i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people of 2019,聽shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.聽Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company鈥檚 history.聽His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger鈥攖hink global鈥攁nd turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Twelve years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In聽<i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he鈥檚 learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Optimism.</b>聽Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Courage.</b>聽Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Decisiveness.</b>聽All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> 鈥⒙?lt;b>Fairness.</b>聽Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It鈥檚 also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the聽<i>Star Wars</i>聽mythology.<br />聽<br />鈥淭he ideas in this book strike me as universal鈥?Iger writes.聽鈥淣ot just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently聽<i>themselves</i>, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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鈥淟ovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>Fortune</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥滶nchanting,鈥濃€?lt;b><i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚 love this book! I think it is brilliant.鈥濃€?lt;b>Ed Catmull,</b> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <i>Creativity Inc.</i><br /><br /><b>The revelatory saga of Pixar鈥檚 rocky start and improbable success</b><br /><br /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little鈥慿nown graphics company he owned called Pixar.聽One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard鈥憈rained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure.聽<br /><br /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood鈥檚 greatest success stories.聽Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar鈥檚 story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives.聽<br /><br /> 聽鈥淧art business book and part thriller鈥攁 tale that鈥檚 every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It鈥檚 also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.鈥濃€?lt;b>Dan Lyons</b>, best-selling author of <i>Disrupted</i><br /><br /> 鈥淎 natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擲uccess Magazine</i></b><br /><br /><b>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</b> 鈥?<b>A top pick on <i>Fortune</i>鈥檚 Favorite Booksof 2016 鈥?A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</b>
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost L...
by Mallory O'Meara

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<strong>2019 SCIBA Book Award Winner for Biography<br /><br />The <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />A <em>PureWow</em> 鈥淏ook We Can鈥檛 Wait to Read in 2019鈥?lt;br /><br />A <em>Bustle</em> Nonfiction Book Coming Out In 2019 To Start Getting Excited About<br /><br /><em>The Lady from the Black Lagoon</em> uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick鈥攐ne of Disney鈥檚 first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood鈥檚 classic movie monsters</strong><br /><br />As a teenager, Mallory O鈥橫eara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, <em>Creature from the Black Lagoon</em>, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O鈥橫eara soon discovered, Patrick鈥檚 contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.<br /><br />As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O鈥橫eara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick鈥檚 contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney鈥檚 first female animators. And at last, O鈥橫eara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature鈥檚 success, and where she went.<br /><br />A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O鈥橫eara鈥檚 <em>The Lady from the Black Lagoon</em> establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.
Movies (And Other Things)
by Shea Serrano

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Shea Serrano is back, and his new book, <i>Movies (And Other Things)</i>,<i> </i>combines the fury of a John Wick shootout, the sly brilliance of Regina George holding court at a cafeteria table, and the sheer power of a Denzel monologue, all into one.</b><br /> <br /> <i>Movies (And Other Things)</i> is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things).<br /><br /> One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in <i>McFarland, USA</i>, and white saviors Native Americans in <i>Dances with Wolves</i>, and white saviors Black people in <i>Black or White</i>, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in <i>Draft Day</i>? <br /><br /> Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George's circle of friends if we opened up the <i>Mean Girls</i> universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from <i>The Breakfast Club</i> is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from <i>Bring It On</i> is out...). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies.<br /><br /> Many, many things happen in <i>Movies (And Other Things)</i>, some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy
by Judd Apatow

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English

Pages

558

Publication Date

June 16, 2015

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE A.V. CLUB 鈥⒙?lt;/i></b>Includes new interviews!<br /></b><br />From the writer and director of <i>Knocked Up</i> and the producer of <i>Freaks and Geeks </i>comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years鈥攊ncluding Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Harold Ramis, Seth Rogen, Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.<br /><br /> Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club鈥攋ust so he could watch endless stand-up for free. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset, Long Island鈥攁 show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They talked about their careers, the science of a good joke, and their dreams of future glory (turns out, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything).<br /><br />Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd鈥攁nd he鈥檚 still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do.<br /> <i><br />Sick in the Head</i> gathers Apatow鈥檚 most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime鈥檚 worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh.<br /><br />Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow鈥檚 gift to comedy nerds everywhere.<br /><br /><b>Praise for<i> Sick in the Head</i></b><br /><br />鈥淚 can鈥檛 stop reading it. . . . I don鈥檛 want this book to end.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩immy Fallon</b><br /><br /> 鈥淎n essential for any comedy geek.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淔ascinating . . . a collection of interviews with many of the great figures of comedy in the latter half of the twentieth century.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淥pen this book anywhere, and you鈥檙e bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many, many times.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩anet Maslin, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎n amazing read, full of insights and connections both creative and interpersonal.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The</i> <i>New Yorker</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淔ascinating and revelatory.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擟hicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淎nyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book.鈥?lt;b>鈥擶ill Ferrell</b>
Robin
by Dave Itzkoff

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<p><b>From </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams 鈥?a compelling portrait of one of America鈥檚 most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in <i>Mork & Mindy</i> and his Academy Award-winning performance in <i>Good Will Hunting</i>, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations 鈥?all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. </p><p>But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams鈥檚 comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like <i>Dead Poets Society</i>; <i>Good Morning, Vietnam</i>; <i>The Fisher King</i>; <i>Aladdin</i>; and <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in <i>Good Will Hunting </i>he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.</p><p>Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression 鈥?topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews 鈥?and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, <i>Robin</i> is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.</p>
The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the...
by W. K. Stratton

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b>For the fiftieth anniversary of the film, W.K. Stratton's definitive history of the making of <i>The Wild Bunch</i>, named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute.</b><b></b><br /> <br />Sam Peckinpah's film <i>The Wild Bunch </i>is the story of a gang of outlaws who are one big steal from retirement. When their attempted train robbery goes awry, the gang flees to Mexico and falls in with a brutal general of the Mexican Revolution, who offers them the job of a lifetime. Conceived by a stuntman, directed by a blacklisted director, and shot in the sand and heat of the Mexican desert, the movie seemed doomed. Instead, it became an instant classic with a dark, violent take on the Western movie tradition. <br /><br /> In <i>The Wild Bunch</i>, W.K. Stratton tells the fascinating history of the making of the movie and documents for the first time the extraordinary contribution of Mexican and Mexican-American actors and crew members to the movie's success. Shaped by infamous director Sam Peckinpah, and starring such visionary actors as William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, and Robert Ryan, the movie was also the product of an industry and a nation in transition. By 1968, when the movie was filmed, the studio system that had perpetuated the myth of the valiant cowboy in movies like <i>The Searchers</i> had collapsed, and America was riled by Vietnam, race riots, and assassinations. <i>The Wild Bunch </i>spoke to America in its moment, when war and senseless violence seemed to define both domestic and international life. <br /><br /> <i>The Wild Bunch </i>is an authoritative history of the making of a movie and the era behind it.
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder

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English

Pages

215

Publication Date

May 25, 2005

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend
by Michael Munn

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

March 01, 2013

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Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in many of his films and in real life. He was highly decorated for his bravery during his time as a bomber pilot during World War II and was adored for his earnest and kindly persona.<br /><br />Here many unknown sides of Stewart are revealed: his explosive temper, his complex love affairs, his service as a secret agent for the FBI, his innate shyness, and his passionate patriotism. Munn鈥檚 personal touch shines through his writing, as he was a friend of Stewart and his wife, Gloria, and interviewed them as well as their colleagues and friends. This definitive biography reveals the childhood ups and downs that formed this cinema hero, explores the legendary Fonda鈥揝tewart relationship, and recounts Stewart鈥檚 experiences making acclaimed films that include The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, It鈥檚 a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the ...
by , Amy Wallace

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

April 08, 2014

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<b><b><b>From a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios鈥攖he Academy Award鈥搘inning studio behind聽<i>Coco, Inside Out,聽</i>and聽<i>Toy Story</i>鈥攃omes an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership for readers of Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, and Chip and Dan Heath.</b></b><br /><br /> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The Huffington Post</i> 鈥?<i>Financial Times</i> 鈥?<i>Success</i> 鈥?<i>Inc.</i> 鈥?<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /></b><i>Creativity, Inc.</i> is a manual for anyone who strives for originality and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation鈥攊nto the meetings, postmortems, and 鈥淏raintrust鈥?sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about creativity鈥攂ut it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, 鈥渁n expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.鈥?lt;br /><br /> For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the <i>Toy Story</i> trilogy, <i>Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up,聽WALL-E, </i>and <i>Inside Out,聽</i>which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really <i>is</i>. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired鈥攁nd so profitable.<br /><br /> As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, <i>Toy Story</i> was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie鈥檚 success鈥攁nd in the thirteen movies that followed鈥攚as the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:<br /><br /> 鈥?Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.<br /> 鈥?If you don鈥檛 strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead. <br /> 鈥?It鈥檚 not the manager鈥檚 job to prevent risks. It鈥檚 the manager鈥檚 job to make it safe for others to take them.<br /> 鈥?The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them. <br /> 鈥?A company鈥檚 communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

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